Water Erosion and the Importance of Early Detection
Soil displacement is a common factor in concrete structure failure. A common cause of soil displacement is water erosion. In short, water finds its way under, around, or through a structure that was designed to keep it out (or in, depending on the application). When this happens, soil is pulled or pushed with the direction of the water, creating a void where the supporting soil used to be. If neglected, these voids can have serious implications on structural integrity that could even lead to structural failure. This can be extremely dangerous and is most always more expensive than addressing the problem early on.
We typically see voids caused by water erosion in areas where water flow is common. Some common examples are culverts, parking lot drains, concrete drainage runoffs, and sewer systems. On the surface, you may only see a small void next to a culvert under a parking lot, but the problem lies in what you cannot see. That small void may lead to a void that is 8 feet wide and 6 feet deep, right under the exact area you park your car each day!If detected in time, our soil stabilization process can alleviate the underlying issue (voids in the soil) and stabilize the existing structure. The best part is, our process does not involve demolition and excavation. This not only keeps money in your pocket, but it minimizes down time to help keep your business and your personal life running as you need it to.
At Helms Polyfoam, we understand the importance of safety, minimizing downtime, and minimizing expenses. That is why we are passionate about preventative maintenance and making sure your problem is fixed before it becomes a major issue. Help us help you. When you see what you think is a small “crack” or void, let us come out for a FREE consultation.